After the upstart Cubs vanquished the mighty Cards, they face a test in the NLCS against the pitching rich New York Mets, who upset the Dodgers in the NLDS. John goes solo in analyzing the first two games of the series in NY.
Dan and John talk about Cubs' game 3 win at Wrigley, at which John attended and sat next to Dutchie Caray. Will the Cubs close out the Cards and advance to the NLCS or will the Cards and John Lackey return the series to STL for a deciding game 5?
Dan and John preview the first two games in the showdown series starting tonight between the Cards and Cubs. Who will jump ahead and put pressure on the other team? Are the bullpens the key to the series?
Dan and John preview the Cubs-Pirates Wild Card showdown Wednesday night in Pittsburgh. Who will be in the starting lineups and how is each team strategically approaching the game? They conclude with their predictions.
As the Cards clinch the NL Central and Cubs the Wild Card, Dan and John look ahead to the Cubs-Pirates matchup next week in a do or die game and evaluate whether the Pirates can beat Superman Jake Arrieta. They also look ahead to a Cubs-Cards matchup in the NLDS next weekend.
As the regular season heads into final week, Cubs face showdown series with Pirates, their likely Wild Card opponent, as Cards look on and hope the Pirates lose so they can clinch NL Central crown. Dan and John discuss whether it truly is an advantage to play the Wild Card game at home, looking at past games and small sample sizes.
With only two weeks remaining in the season, Cubs and Cards positioned well after Cubs thump Pirates in showdown series and Cards sweep away the Brewers. Remaining schedule difficult for Pirates and loss of Jung-ho Kang might be pivotal.
As season steams toward conclusion, STL goes into first slump of season and sees its division lead teetering. Meanwhile, the Cubs stay hot. Dan and John discuss whether the Cards will hold on and look at the Cubs upcoming showdown series with the Pirates.
As the action moves to head-to-head matchups down the stretch, Dan and John evaulate the Cubs, Cardinals and Pirates and where each team may be headed in the last month. There is not tremendous drama at the moment in the standings, but as the pressure builds down the stretch, that can change in a matter of days.
With the Pirates poised to challenge the Cards NL Central lead, St. Louis sweeps red-hot Diamondbacks in the desert while the Cubs stumble a bit against the Giants. Dan and John discuss the pivotal West Coast trips as both teams prepare for the September sprint to the playoffs.
As both the Cards and Cubs face tough, pivotal West Coast road trips, Dan and John speculate on how each team will position itself for the September stretch run. They also discuss the Cubs' stumbling starting pitching and the Cards' scuffling offense.
According to our extremely unofficial math, the Cubs and Cards have a 32 percent chance of meeting in the NLDS. Dan and John discuss the potential for that historic series, speculate on pitching matchups, and make a few other predictions.
Cubs go on hottest streak of season at the right time but will it last and are the Cubs about to bench Starlin Castro? Dan and John discuss these items and whether Randal Grichuk has finally turned a corner as a star player or whether his good season so far is fool's gold.
As the trade deadline expires, Dan and John discuss the Cubs and Cardinals trades and the trades that might have been. They also talk about Matt Holliday's re-injury and whether the Cubs are being too cautious compared to other rebuilding teams like the Astros.
The upcoming trade deadline has the rumors flying for Cubs and Cardinals fans. Dan and John predict some possible trade partners for each, including at least one long-shot blockbuster deal. They also discuss the hitting machine Kyle Schwarber and call-up of Stephen Piscotty.
As the Cards and Cubs enter play after the All-Star break, Dan and John make predictions for the second half. Will the Pirates overtake the Cardinals in the NL Central and will the Cubs make the playoffs? Which team will make a blockbuster move at the trade deadline? Fascinating decisions await both squads.
As the Cubs and Cards recover from a dramatic four-game series at Wrigley Field that ended in a split, Dan and John recap and then pick the first ever Cubs Cards Cast mid-season All-Star squad from the rosters of both teams. They also discuss whether the Cardinals are luckier than other MLB teams.
The Cards still have the best record in baseball and showed it by sweeping the Cubs in STL but since then have stumbled. Is this a sign of things to come, or just a temporary slide? Are the Cubs about to pounce on Andrew Cashman or another starting pitcher and is the second half shaping up as a tight race?
Advanced statistical websites say the Cubs have about a 70% chance of making the playoffs this year but Dan and John agree they won't make it with the current roster construction. What moves must be made for the transition from pretender to true contender? Both the Cubs and Cardinals prepare for big weekend series in St.Louis.
Just as the Cardinals were fighting through a series of injuries, news broke that the FBI is investigating several front office employees suspected of hacking the Houston Astros. Did the Cardinals handle the news well and what is the likely outcome? Meanwhile, as Cubs fans snicker at the development, they were smiling at their new DH, Kyle Schwarber, as he hit up a storm in his first games.
Dan and John discuss the latest Cardinals' injury — the loss of LF Matt Holliday to a quad injury. Will this propel the Cardinals to bring in another bat via trade or will the Cards stand pat for now? Are the Cubs ready to take advantage of the loss or will they be too busy retooling their bullpen and rotation?
As the Cards roll along with the best record in baseball, the Cubs are inching toward .500 and just got passed by the Pirates. Dan and John discuss whether the Cubs are regressing to their rightful spot in the standings or are on the verge of a season-changing blockbuster trade. Are we witnessing the last month of the Starlin Castro era in Chicago?
The Cardinals suffer another season-ending injury, this one to starting First Baseman Matt Adams. Dan and John analyze the options to replace Big City and whether his loss will be the blow that brings the Cardinals back to the pack in the NL Central.
As the Cards and Cubs pull away from the rest of the NL Central, at least for now, both teams are pondering changes in their starting OF alignments. Dan and John examine the possible demotions of Jon Jay and Chris Coghlan as well as trades looming on the horizon. Also discussed is good news for both pitching staffs.
Dan and John discuss whether the offense-heavy Cubs four game sweep of the Mets young gun pitchers in a showdown series this week means the team has turned the corner toward contention in the NL Central. If so, who will the Cubs target at mid-season in trades and how will the Cardinals react with moves of their own. And what is going on with Matt Carpenter?